30-06-2017

BIO 25, the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana

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BIO – The Biennial of Design in Ljubljana is an international platform that was established in 1963 as the first design biennial in Europe.



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BIO 25, the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana BIO – The Biennial of Design in Ljubljana is an international platform that was established in 1963 as the first design biennial in Europe. An opportunity to visit the capital of Slovenia and 2016 Green Capital of Europe.


The 25th BIO – the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana curated by Angela Rui, Italian editor and curator and Maja Vardjan, Slovenian architect and curator gives us an unusual take on the multifaceted world of contemporary design.
Considering the geographic, political and economic position of the country, this year's event - called “Faraway, So Close” - focuses on the great potential of Slovenia: its landscape. While the conversation everywhere is about big cities and metropolitan areas, one current trend seems to be flying under the radar - a young, informed part of society is leaving the big cities to go and live in country areas or non-urban contexts. 
So, although cities remain the reference for contemporary discussions on the development of society, the BIO biennial aims to investigate places - often close to urban centres - that are still largely unexplored. Starting from the Slovenian countryside - its forests, the karst underground, the mining areas, the plains of the Pannonian Basin, the coastline and the Alps, the 50-plus international designers invited by the curators came up with new ideas and concepts.
The key content of the 25th Biennial of Design – BIO 25 is the FARAWAY, SO CLOSE exhibition at Slovenia's Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), along with plenty of collateral events and supplemented by seven site-specific installations in Grosuplje, Kočevje, Kobarid, Lendava, Trbovlje, Piran and Ljubljana.

Christiane Bürklein

BIO 25 - The Biennial of Design Ljubljana
from 29 May to 27 October 2017
curated by Angela Rui and Maja Vardjan 
Ljubljana, Slovenia 
Images: Courtesy of BIO
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